The word focus is an acronym meaning: Follow One Course Until Successful. Stay the course, stay on topic, don’t get distracted. All easy said than done sometimes.
In Matthew chapter 14 Jesus comes walking on the water to the disciples in the boat. Peter speaks up and makes his request, what happened then is found in vss. 28-31 “And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
For the briefest of moments Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he removed his focus and got distracted. Suddenly he found himself sinking and in a flash crying out desperately for God to help him.
Before we knock Peter let’s keep in mind he ain’t the only one that has happened too and if honesty prevails, then we have to admit it has happened to us as well. We might not end up sinking in water but we sink elsewhere. It might be that we start sinking financially when money gets tight. Spiritually when we just aren’t seeing God move in our lives like we think He should be for us. Or how about physically when the doctor comes back into the room with some bad news.
Doubts begin to creep into our minds, despair starts whispering in our ears, and desperation snuggles up to us. All the while Satan is howling up a storm, 1 Peter 5:8 “…because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. The howling or roaring is used to put terror into the minds of the prey, to send them into a panic, and make them easier to catch and kill. Because when the mind is in panic mode it is not thinking clearly. And that means not focused on the objective at hand. The strong can’t stand and protect the weak and sickly. The weak and sickly trample one another in a bid to escape with their own hides in tact. And the lion eats good without as much effort.
When we let our situations control us we have lost our focus. Because the situation is always changing; like being trapped in a tornado, we can’t get our bearings as to which way to turn and get out.
Now in Peter’s case he quickly got his focus back on Jesus. What I find interesting is the part where Matthew says “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him”. Jesus didn’t lecture Peter before he saved him, he didn’t tell Peter what He thought of him for loosing focus, nor did He still have to cross a great deal of space to get to Peter.
Psalms 37:24 “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” God knows we are going to fall, it is not a matter of if but when. Yes He will point out to us our mistakes but not to beat us over the head about it but to correct us and help us to stay focused. And the last part is probably the best part, Jesus didn’t have a long way to go to reach Peter. In other words Jesus is closer than we think to our situation. Call out to Him and let Him help.
Through all this remember, at least Peter was focused and got out of the boat; no one else did. Take a chance on trusting God and focus on Him. See where He leads you.